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Can A Domestic Assault Charge Be Dropped?

Yes, it is possible to have domestic assault charges dropped. However, the complainant or victim are not in control of this process. The power to withdraw criminal charges is held by the Crown Attorney’s Office, and charges may only be withdrawn at their request. Even if the complainant or victim call the police and advise the authorities that they wish to drop the charges against the accused, the police or alleged victim cannot drop the charges. How Often are Charges Withdrawn? The Crown’s Office will often proceed with criminal charges against an accused, even where the alleged victimtakes back their original statement or complaint to the police, or advises they do not wish to proceed. How can you Increase your Chances of Having Charges Dropped? Accused’s persons charged with a criminal offence should consult a criminal defence lawyer so as to find out what the chances are of having their…

11 Nov 2014

Jian Ghomeshi: Rough Sex, Sexual Assault and...

15 Oct 2014

Is Jian Ghomeshi innocent? In the media frenzy surrounding the allegations against Jian Ghomeshi, it is important to keep an open mind in spite of the number of women who…

Is it a Crime to Injure or Kill a Dog or Cat?

1 Oct 2014

Yes. It is a crime in Canada to injure or kill a cat or dog. It is also a crime to endanger a cat or dog, cause unnecessary suffering to…

Is it a Crime to Charge for Psychic Services?

28 Sep 2014

It is a crime in Canada to fraudulently pretend, from your familiarity of an occult or “crafty science”, to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to…

Is it A Crime to be a Fortune Teller?

22 Sep 2014

Being paid to fraudulently tell fortunes is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. The maximum sentence for this offence is a $5,000 fine or 6 months in jail or…

Domestic Assault in the Greater Toronto Area

12 Sep 2014

I have been practicing criminal law in the Greater Toronto community (Brampton, Newmarket) for over 30 years. The crime of domestic assault is not new, but recently the infamous Ray…

Is it a Crime to Avoid Jury Duty?

11 Sep 2014

Avoiding Jury Duty- The Luka Magnotta Murder Trial As a defence lawyer, I occasionally receive a frantic phone call from a person who has received a summons for jury duty.…